Live Friday Nights: Toad The Wet Sprocket – Dam Would Break

This song is from their studio album Coil, which I owned. It was the only one of their albums I ever had, but I loved it, and this was my favorite song of theirs. There aren’t many videos of this song live, but this one had the best sound, especially as far as the bass is concerned, which for me is the best part of the song. Gotta hear it!

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Great Commercials: Purple Mattress – Robbers

Purple Mattress has been putting out some pretty decent commercials lately, but this one cracks me up. I love the look on the robber’s face when he’s falling back to sleep after the cop tries to arrest them. This is quality commercial.

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Live Friday Nights: Eagles – Hotel California

The wife asked for this one, and what a good one it is!

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The Cincinnati Riots

Back in 2001 the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, where I live, was in the middle of civil unrest because the Cincinnati Police were doing some stupid shit. They’ve been known to be racist, or at the very least perform racist acts, but times were bad leading up to the riots, which took place in April. Hell, to be fair they’re still pretty bad to this day, but not quite like they were in 2001.

What set off the riots was the killing of 19-year-old Timothy Thomas, a black male, who was gunned down by a white officer. The city lost their minds and began to riot.

Were the riots justified? Yes and no. For one, anybody who knows me knows I am 100% against racism in any way. I just think it’s stupid, and those who are racist are also stupid for being racist. If you know me you’ll also know that I support GOOD police but hate the bad ones. Unfortunately I think the bad ones give the good ones a bad name, and that’s not right, but it is what it is.

I am, however, not one to believe all cops are good or bad. I’m not looking through rose tinted glasses. I see reality when I look out in the world. I have friends who, for whatever reason, find all cops either good or bad, and I don’t think that’s right.

With that said, and I don’t know what to believe, but here are the facts of Mr. Thomas’ killing.

He had warrants. They were traffic violation warrants, but he had them nonetheless.

He was running from the officer who shot him, at night, down a dark alley. The side of town they were in is known around these parts as the bad side of town. Hell, for the last few years they’ve been remodeling the area and bringing businesses in to make it a better place to go and to shop, but even still, there are shootings and killings there all the time. That part of town sucks.
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Chili Cheese Fritos

For as much as I love chicharrones, I must say, my heart completely belongs to Chili Cheese Fritos.

My Kroger has them on sale right now for a pretty good price. A $3.79 bag was only $2.49. I couldn’t pass it up. It didn’t matter that I didn’t go there for those chips, or that I didn’t have the money for them, or that I need to be eating that shit anyway. I couldn’t pass up the price and got a bag.

Then I demolished that bag. Because once you pop…

I just demolished the second bag in as many weeks. I can’t help it, the damn things are tasty as fuck.

Here’s a story. For two of the years I was in high school, for lunch, I ate a grab bag of Chili Cheese Fritos and washed it down with a 20 ounce Mt. Dew. Every now and then I’d change it up, but that was probably 95% of the lunches I ate in those two years. Mostly because I had no money and that was all I could afford. And dig this, back then it was only $2.10. Now that might get you a bottle of Mt. Dew.
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Strange News Sunday: Why?

Artists do some dumb shit sometimes in the name of art. Recently, one artist decided that the song “Africa” by the band Toto needed to be played over and over. In a desert in Africa. For all of eternity.

Namibian-German artist Max Siedentopf set up some speakers in the Namib Desert, and they’re hooked up to an MP3 player that has just this one song on it. And it’s going to play forever, baby.

WHY?! Just because it’s art doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. I get it, Africa in Africa. Cute. At least the guy put it in the middle of the fucking desert where it won’t be bothering anybody but the sand people.

This is what happens when we allow people to do whatever the fuck they want. There should be rules against this kind of thing. Max is basically going out to the middle of the desert and throwing a bunch of junk down on the ground and then leaving. He’s throwing away his garbage in the middle of the desert. The guy should be fined or thrown in jail.

I guess nobody gave a shit because it is the middle of the fucking desert, after all. And nobody has to listen to this song, on a loop, until the earth burns up from cosmic rays. So I guess as long as it’s not hurting anybody…
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